Irene Imfeld (b. 1947) has been reworking nature imagery into abstract compositions since 2014. Previously, her work explored traditional landscapes and natural subjects, mostly in California. She was awarded a residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in 2017 where she made the series Phantasm: Autumn in the Kentucky Woods. Another residency, in 2015, at Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residencies resulted in the Zone of Transformation: Nature in the High Desert series.
Her image was chosen by William Wegman as Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 Fauna competition in San Francisco. Her work was given solo exhibitions at the Peninsula Art Museum, the Bolinas Museum, and the Fresno Art Museum, all in California. The Vacant Nests series was winner of the portfolio competition at Soho Photo Gallery, New York, for a solo exhibit in 2016. Irene was a featured presenter with a survey of her work, “The Artist’s Path,” at Shooting the West symposium, Winnemucca, NV in 2013. She updated the presentation at the San Francisco City College Photography Department in 2016. Her work can be seen at Vessel Gallery in Oakland.
Irene grew up in a small town in Ohio and has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1970. She currently has a studio in Oakland. In addition to photography, she works with textiles and handmade books. She was a freelance book designer until the early 2000s. She is mostly self-taught in photography, having attended numerous photo workshops and reviews.
She has been an active member of the Bay Area photo community, involved with many exhibits and activities: Co-owner of PHOTO Fine Art Photography, a regional gallery in Oakland, 2010-15; PhotoAlliance Board of Directors, 2015-18; Bay Area Photographers Collective, 2009-13; SFMOMA Foto Forum, 2008-15; Berkeley Bridge Artists (exchange w/Japanese artists), 2005-15.